The regular menstrual cycle has an average duration of 28 days, however it can range between 21 and 40 days without this being a cause for concern. On the other hand, when our period comes before 21 days or after 40 days, then we should go to the doctor since something may not be working correctly in our body.
The most normal thing is that the gynecologist prescribes us a hormonal contraceptive treatment to regulate our cycles, since it is the easiest, fastest and most effective way to do it. The birth control pill contains one or two artificial female hormones, estrogen and/or progesterone, which are normally produced by the ovaries. In addition to regulating menstruation and preventing pregnancy, the contraceptive pill has other uses and functions.
Other uses of the birth control pill
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Caused by an imbalance in female sex hormones, treatment through oral contraceptives will regulate the problem.
- Menstrual pain: When the pain caused by menstruation becomes a disorder that prevents us from leading a normal life, we must find a solution, contraceptives eliminate ovulation, so the period and its symptoms will be lighter.
- Very Heavy Periods: In many cases, the pill will decrease the amount of menstrual bleeding and the days it lasts.
- Acne: The way in which they act is by increasing the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) in the blood, a substance that inhibits androgens, hormones that cause acne in many cases.
- Amenorrhea: When we are faced with an absence of menstruation, either due to stress, excessive weight loss or gain, excessive sport…, the body does not produce estrogen, so we will need to take oral contraceptives to make up for this hormonal lack.
- Premenstrual Syndrome: The symptoms of this Syndrome can be very annoying for many of us. Taking the contraceptive pill continuously will alleviate and greatly reduce these symptoms, making the premenstrual phase more bearable.